Strauss-Kahn wants to be questioned in new probe

By the Associated Press | October 19, 2011 | 5:25 PM EDT

Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn leaves a polling station for the Socialist Party's primary vote, in Sarcelles, next to Paris, Sunday Oct. 16, 2011. France's Socialists and sympathizers on Sunday are choosing their nominee for next year's presidential election _ an expected showdown with embattled conservative President Nicolas Sarkozy. (AP Photo/Yoan Valat)

PARIS (AP) — A lawyer for Dominique Strauss-Kahn says the former IMF chief wants to be questioned by police so that he can debunk claims he was linked to a suspected hotel prostitution ring.

Lawyer Frederique Beaulieu says Strauss-Kahn "is asking to be questioned to put an end to these insinuations and extrapolations."

The lawyer said Monday that Strauss-Kahn expressed his wishes in a statement but has not yet been contacted by police.

Prosecutors in the northern city of Lille are investigating a suspected prostitution ring in France and neighboring Belgium. The head of Lille's luxury Hotel Carlton was among those detained.

The weekly Journal du Dimanche said Strauss-Kahn's name surfaced in the investigation as a possible client.